Sarah Haan Class of 1958 Uncas and Anne McThenia Professor of Law

Phone: 540-458-8016


Office: Lewis Hall 471

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Area of Expertise

Business Associations, Corporate Governance, Corporate Disclosure, First Amendment, Corporate Political Speech


BA, Yale College

JD, Columbia Law School


Sarah C. Haan joined the faculty of W&L Law in 2017. Professor Haan writes at the intersection of corporate law and democracy, on subjects such as corporate governance, corporate political speech, and disclosure.  Her scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Stanford Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Northwestern University Law Review, and other leading journals, and has been featured in JOTWELL (Journal of Things We Like (Lots)), the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, and the CLS Blue Sky Blog. In 2018, Professor Haan was awarded the Lewis Prize for excellence in legal scholarship.

Professor Haan received a B.A. in History from Yale University and a law degree from Columbia Law School, where she was an articles editor of the Columbia Law Review.  Prior to joining legal academia, Professor Haan worked in the litigation department at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, and as a Teach For America teacher in Compton, California.  Professor Haan is admitted to the bar of New York State, to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Recent Publications

"Corporate Governance and the Feminization of Capital," 74 Stan. L. Rev. 515 (2022)

"Boards in Informational Governance," 23 U. Pa. J. Bus. L. 179 (2020) (with Faith Stevelman)  

"The Post-Truth First Amendment," 94 Ind. L. J. 1351 (2019)  

"Civil Rights and Shareholder Activism: SEC v. Medical Committee for Human Rights," 76 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1167 (2019)

  • Selected for republication in Corporate Practice Commentary (Robert B. Thompson, ed.)

"Shareholder Proposal Settlements and the Private Ordering of Public Elections," 126 Yale L. J. 262 (2016)